Alright, you sarky bastards, I will do a list - or actually a few lists. I decline to rank these albums. These are the ones that stood out to me when I looked through my 2021 acquisitions today. On a different day I may have made a different list.
1.RE-ISSUE OF THE YEAR
VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR - The Charisma Years 1970 - 1978. This is the final word. Re-mastered, stereo and mono versions, live recordings. You either already own this or you will never be interested.
THE MASTOLETTOS - A Romantic’s Guide to King Crimson. Lovely versions of KC songs with a female singer. If you have the original versions you can do a playlist alternating the original with the Mastolettos version, and that was a good way to waste an hour or two.
FLOATING POINTS, PHAROAH SANDERS AND THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - Promises. This album has been hyped all over the music and non-music sites this year, but you know what? It is terrific.
CHORD - IV. Yep, there is another one. You won’t like it.
AUSTRALIAN ART ORCHESTRA etc - Hand to Earth. Australian Indigenous singing, Korean art music, electronics etc. - a mixture of sounds I had not expected. Just a gorgeous album.
AROOJ AFTAB - Vulture Prince. What a voice this woman has! Beautiful mix of Pakistani music and New York hipster pop.
FRED FRITH TRIO with Lotte Anker and Susana Santos Silva - Road. Is it jazz? Is it whatever? It is a journey into the night.
ALTARAGE - Succumb. This has just about everything Thatguy likes in a metal album. Big, noisy, rather chaotic sounding and musically interesting.
SPECTRAL WOUND - A Diabolic Thirst. More straightforward.
BIG/BRAVE - Vital. This is better than the split/joint album from later in the year I think. More to the point.
JUTE GYTE - Mitrealität. The guy is a genius.
PORTAL - Avow/Hagbulbia. Well, of course I haven’t listened to Hagbulbia more than once.
THE SLOW DEATH -Siege. Doom done right.
WHITEHORSE - Death Weight. Doom done different, still right, but.
ICHOR - Black Raven. I just enjoy this, and great cover art.
SUCCUMB - XXI. Yep.
KAYO DOT - Moss Grew…An album of rare beauty and sophistication. I will be coming back to this indefinitely.
ARCHSPIRE - Bleed the Future. It’s fun guys. Even Thatguy likes a bit of fun.
HORNWOOD FELL - Keres. Also fun, but of a different kind.
TARDIGRADA - Vom Bruch bis zur Freiheit. Buzzes nicely.
HOPE DRONE - Husk. These guys just go from strength to strength. Each album is uniquely them, but also different. This is another album I will still be listening to in 10 years.
And that will do. Get it into you.